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Comely ladies minus their clothes pose no problem for footsure Enda and Gay

Brian McDonald

Published 11/10/2011 | 05:00

Cystic Fibrosis advocate Caroline Heffernan presents Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Presidential candidate Gay Mitchell
with a copy of a charity nude calendar in aid of the western branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Cystic Fibrosis advocate Caroline Heffernan presents Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Presidential candidate Gay Mitchell with a copy of a charity nude calendar in aid of the western branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Gay Mitchell looks on as a turf cutter makes his point to Enda Kenny in Tuam, Co Galway, yesterday
Sean Gallagher with wife Trish O'Connor (in red) on the campaign trail in Killarney yesterday
David Kelly confronts Martin McGuinness in Athlone yesterday about the murder of his father Pte Patrick Kelly in 1983

THE Fine Gael campaign was spiced up yesterday in the unlikely surrounds of Tuam Mart.

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Gay Mitchell and Enda Kenny took time out from talking bullocks and canvassing the farmers to admire some attractive West of Ireland women, all posing without their clothes.

Both men were handed a copy of the nude charity calendar put together for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland by local patient Caroline Heffernan, who features on the front cover.

"Enda said there were lots of nice ladies in it", said Caroline, who also works for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as a patient advocate.

The fundraiser also includes pictures of men, while all shots have strategically placed props and are very tasteful, Caroline insisted.

Enda and Gay were quickly dragged back to reality moments later as they ran into a storm of protest from turfcutters insisting on their age-old right to draw peat from bogs, regardless of what the EU mandarins want.

Earlier, Gay Mitchell had refused to put his foot in it.

Mind you, it looked for a moment that he was contemplating putting both in it and joining a lady enjoying a foot spa at the Eyre Square Shopping Centre in Galway.

There she was, minding her own business at Soletherapy as, first, Enda and then Gay dropped in to shake her hand.

She sat with her feet in a tank of water with tiny fish swimming between her toes and nibbling at the dead skin.

Enda sat facing her, his eyes out on stalks as Gay approached, all cautious-like, no doubt wondering if it was some kind of set-up. But it was just another mad moment of campaign 2011.

Both were encouraged to avail of the free tank alongside, full of hungry nibblers. Enda wondered if they were related to piranha and was reassured by the staff that the little guys were perfectly safe.

"It's lovely", the customer reassured the two shifty visitors.

You could almost hear the wheels of thought spinning in Gay's head about the wisdom of taking a step in the right/wrong direction. Discretion won out and shoes and socks remained safely attached to political feet.

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